How big did the art play to the appeal of the series?

edited March 2011 in The Walking Dead
Personally I give credit to the series' appeal partly to the gritty and realistic art style the comic adopted early on in the series. Readers of the comic know that after issue #7 the artist changed from Tony Moore to Charlie Adlard which completely changed the art the comic originally debuted with.

Initially the art style consisted of characters and environments with more of a cartoon or manga vibe. Things generally seemed happier cause art was heavy on the solid outlines and more on whites creating the allusion that you were really looking at a drawing. The comic then changed to an art style that was heavier on the darks and shadows. The word "gritty" really encapsulates the feel and tone. Characters started looking less like cartoons and more like real people.

This obviously went hand in hand with the theme of comic, that being more about the reality of the situation and less about ZOMGZOMBIES. It really makes me wonder though how successful the series would have been if not for the change of art. Do you think maybe the art was secondary and it was mainly the writing? Maybe the art was a turn off and you liked the original better. Thoughts?


  • edited March 2011
    I actually greatly prefer Moore's artwork to Adlard and I've always wished he had done more of the series. It's true, his style is more exaggerated and occasionally cartoonish but I don't think there was anything "happy" about his art in the first volume. If it seems more light-hearted, that may simply because it was still early in the series, before the oppressive grimness of later storylines like, say, the prison years. Moore could still draw grim and disturbing scenes, and unlike Adlard, he drew them in horrific detail with great lighting and shading.

    But I don't mean to disparage Adlard's work. He's a good artist and his art has defined the look of The Walking Dead. But there are criticisms of his art that remain true. His scenes often lack depth and detail. His layouts and staging can be pretty unimaginative. And he only draws about six different faces. All problems that Moore didn't have. But Adlard still does good work and his art fits with the setting and Kirkman's writing and it's still a great book so I'm not complaining.

    But man, if Moore had stayed on...
  • Haha, This forum is old (:
  • edited May 2014
    Where are these people now?
  • We needed this thread to get bumped.
  • holy crap... 2011 !!!
  • SoulEaterNOT how the hell did you find this thread?!
  • dojo32161 its a shame the thread died about... 3 years ago
  • dojo32161dojo32161 Moderator
    This is actually a pretty interesting topic.
  • dojo32161dojo32161 Moderator
    We could still make it work. Adopt an old thread. We could even apply it to see if you got the game because of the cartoony look.
  • Damn, why did you guys bump this thread? Old as hell...
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